Lycia, called the land of lights in the Antique period, is located on the Teke peninsula between Fethiye and Antalya. Lycians, renowned for their special language, matriarchal life-style, rock monuments, tombs and addiction to freedom and independence, have been recorded in history as defenders of the Anatolian Union against Egyptians at Kadesh and against Akhas at Troy.
Fethiye was called Telmessos during the Lycian period. Written records state that the city was named after Telmessos, the son of God Apollon. From the 5th Century B.C., throughout its existence, it fell under the domination of the Persians, Romans and Byzanthians, it succeeded maintaining its original status.
The most splendid work of art from the Antique Telmessos, still standing in Fethiye, is the rock tomb constructed in the manner of an Ionian temple in honour of Amintas, son of Hermapias, in the 4th Century B.C. Famous traveller Charles Texier arrived here in the 1850s and carved his name on the entrance to the tomb which is still discernible today. The sarcophagi, which are representative of the elite mastery of the Lycian art and stonework, enhance the attraction of the city. Especially those standing in the courtyard of the Governor's Headquarters, at the Necropolis and opposite the quay are noteworthy.
Telmessos Theatre was re-built in Roman style during the 2nd Century on the remains of the Hellenistic one which was demolished by earthquakes. It was planned to seat around 6.000 people. Excavations have been finished and restotation of the theatrehas been carried out by the Fethiye Archaeological Museum.
Citadel is by the necropolis and was built on a hill overlooking the city during the 11th Century. Endeavours are under way by the Fethiye Municipality for the restoration of this building.
Fethiye Archaeological Museumhas exhibitions valuable works of art from the early Lycian, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Bizantion periods. The museum is open for visitors every day.
In the name of Calis, an elderly alperen who resisted the enemy attack during the battle of Ahmet Gazi near the Calis shore, "Dad, work a little more, have little to defeat the enemy." It is rumored that it originated in the words of Fethiye Calis Beach, which is well suited for surfing due to its good wind, is often decorated with colorful images of those who surf. You can see the sunset of the sun in an indescribable beauty in the many bars, cafes and restaurants where the palm trees are located along the beach and on the cords of the parquet. For your fun, you can choose between night clubs located on the bridge site, and entertainment venues with different alternatives.
Having a rendezvous with the sea in an evening...
Almost touching the bright blue sky with your hands...
Dancing with the sweet Mediterranean breezes and leaving footprints on the sand...
Ölüdeniz, "The Gates of Paradise" Ölüdeniz, "The Beach of Freedom"...
Ölüdeniz with its sheltered, calm waters and the adjoining Belceğiz Beach combine the white foams of the Mediterranean with the greenery of the pine trees. World-renowned Ölüdeniz Kumburnu National Park and the Belceğiz Beach is at a distance of 15 km. from the Fethiye city centre and are located at the skirts of Babadağ which deserves the right of being a "world heritage" with its rich flora and suitability for paragliding. The Belceğiz Beach offers you facilities for benefiting from the sea, sand and the sun, as well as enjoying all kinds of water sports...
At the same time, you can discover other beautiful sports around Ölüdeniz by participating in daily boat tours departing from the beach and, with a mini blue voyage, can witness how the deep blue of the Mediterranean turn into the green of the Taurus mountains along the coastline. The fact that the temperature of the sea at Ölüdeniz Lagoon is never below 19 degrees and the average temperature in the region is around 12 degrees day and night in winter time is a reason for you to prefer spending your winter holiday also at Ölüdeniz...
The Kaya Village is significant as an area of settlement dating back to the time of antique Karmylassos where various cultures blended, lived together and migrated. On the slopes there are stone houses built in typical Mediterranean architectural style, not overshadowing one another, as well as churches, schools, chapels, workshops and other buildings, and narrow streets crossing each other, looking almost like an architectural laboratory... During the population exchange undersigned by the Turkish and Greek Governments in line with the Lausanne Treaty, the Greeks living in the Kaya Village were exchanged by the Turks who were resident in Western Thrace. However, because the Turkish immigrants could not get accustomed to the life-style here, the village has assumed the its deserted appearance. The Kaya Village is preserved as a prominent sample of the cultural mosaics in Anatolia and is presently being re-evaluated with a contemporary tourism concept for the purpose of transforming the melancholic past into joy and for the budding of new hopes. The governmental and non-governmental organizations are endeavouring to set up a village of peace, science. culture and art here in the future, which would set up an example for the rest of the world, when the restoration and planning are carried out. The Kaya Village is famous for its Kaya Rugs with root dyes and original colours. Similarly, it is renowned for its products such as figs, chick-peas, melons and pomegranates.
Accommodations, restaurants, wine houses and Kaya Art Camp are providing services. The Gemile Cove and Afkule Monastery nearby are also prominent attractions which set Kaya apart. Furthermore, its healthy climate is another privilege.
The Saklıkent Canyon is a unique natural wonder at a distance of 50 km. from Fethiye. The canyon is 200 metres deep and 18 km. long, shaped up by waters flowing down from the mountains for thousands of years, abrading the rocks. As the water level rises during winter, visitors can get into the canyon only during summer months. If taking photographs is among your hobbies, you can catch magnificent
scenes of unspoiled panorama which exists in and around Saklıkent. The discovery of the Saklıkent Canyon is also interesting. A shepherd wished to establish a trout farm here and a temporary bridge had to be constructed for the research which opened the doors of this hidden paradise to all travellers. At first the canyon was intended only to raise trout but due to intensive interest on the location, it was re-planned to meet the requirements of the visitors. The wooden resting platforms erected on the waters running swiftly in and out of the canyon, trout and traditional pastry are offered to visitors which enrich their holiday memories and enhances the pleasure of the holiday
It is possible to reach Saklıkent from Fethiye either by dolmuş or by daily tours organized by the travel agencies. During a journey of about 45 minutes, as you pass through small villages maintaining their authentic mode of life, you can get glimpses of tobacco, cotton, aniseed, sesame, wheat farms and hothouses of vegetables. There is a sturdy bridge used to enter into the canyon. Even on the first step, the visitors are fascinated by the snow-white foams of cascading spring waters and the greenery of this hidden paradise. Saklıkent is a refuge for those weary of the heat of the summer and a walk of about 3 km. in the waters of Saklıkent is an ideal sport for everyone.
Paspatur, where is one of the oldest settlements in Fethiye is charactarised with wooden orieled houses and visiting point of thousands of tourists with shopping oportunuties, bars and restaurants. There is a famous myth that the person whoever drinks water of Paspatur can not leave Fethiye.
Butterfly Valley, Muğla Province, Fethiye, the valley located within the borders of the town of Ölüdeniz. Located on the skirts of Babadağ, one of the 100 mountains proposed for preservation as a world heritage due to its endemic species, Butterfly Valley was declared a natural site on 8th February 1995 and closed to all kinds of constructions. Surrounded by steep rocky walls reaching 350 meters, the valley is named after more than 80 species of butterflies and especially tiger butterflies. The waterfall, which is located at the origin of Faralya and poured from a height of 50 meters, reaches the Mediterranean with a stream passing through the middle of the valley.
The unique geographical structure of the Butterfly Valley is the subject of research and laboratory work by bitumen and reed science circles, especially botanists and entomologists; national and international environmental organizations and ecological formations. Access to the Valley of Butterflies is provided by the boats from Oludeniz. A path from the Faralya (Uzunyurt) neighborhood reaches the valley; but due to the rope climbing roots and the variable surface, it should be done with a guide.
In the Butterfly Valley, a facility has been introduced to protect the natural life and take necessary precautions to pass on the projects. The facility, which provides visitors with accommodation in tents and tree houses, has a daily capacity of 500 guests and, in addition to ecological agriculture on the 100-acre land of Butterfly Valley, purification, marine clean-up and clean energy projects.
The bay and the beach are sheltered by beautiful beaches surrounded by pine and olive trees, not only the sightseeing boats, but also picnickers coming from Fethiye - Hisarönü - Kayaköy via the road especially during the summer months. Koyun Kayakoy is only 6 km away. it can also come from here on foot to Gemile. Trekking is arranged in such a way that the park will be the stopping point.
Gemiler Island's former name was Aya Nikola. There are church remains on the island during the early Christian era and the Byzantine Empire (from the 5th to the 11th century). The frescoes of the great church are in good condition. There are cistern remnants at the seashore. The most interesting residue is a tunnel connecting the two churches. Some parts of the 500-meter tunnel are in ruins. There are 17 stops between the stairways in the tunnel, which represent that the prophet of Jesus is kept on the road 17 times while being taken to the crucifixion.
Earthquakes that took place in 240-241 years, some of the remains on the coast were flooded. The sunken remains can be seen two meters deep in the sea.
Or walk down the steep slopes of the Jeep / tractor can be reached with tools like Pumpkin Valley so unique richness of vegetation in Turkey, valley "in the ice age," without being affected by icing can be attributed came today.
When you look at the peak from the Faralya Village at the top of the valley or during the nature walks on the ancient Lycian Way which is a part of the valley, sheep, open at the entrance of the open sea, shrinking as it approaches the shore, it looks like a water-worm.
Turan Pirendeoglu, who gave up on seeing Kabak Bay from his life abroad, was the first person to settle in Kabak Bay, which was untouched until 1987. The fact that electricity and water are not connected at that time and that the car can not be reached is not enough to deter Turan, who is in love with the koya, and thus the first settlement of the bay "Turan Kamp" is established. The camp, which was built on the most beautiful scenery surrounded by both the eight hundred meters of mountains and the sea, continued to develop until today.
Kabak Bay offers a perfect seclusion for those who want to get away from the dangers of image and sound from the complexity of city life and those who want to be close to nature. For those who want to try this seclusion, a holiday with a care not to look for luxury is a relaxation zone. Hundreds of locals and foreigners visit Kabak Bay every year, which is said to be among the most special areas of the world with its untouched beauty and historical features. The end of the ancient Lycian Way starting from Fethiye in Antalya is an indispensable stopping point for those who want to walk and get on the road. Along with the red and white lines of the Vadide ancient road, it is possible to see rare species of animals and plants, the Lycian graveyard with thousands of years old antique stones, Aladere Waterfall, a nest of hundreds of butterflies and bird species. The valley, with its deep diversity, is again completely untouched, with a sandy beach dominated by gray - white sand, bringing to mind the mind Robinson Crusoe stories. The cave, which you can reach in twenty-twenty-five minutes by swiming from the sea, is a great surprise for those who enjoy diving or exploring nature. The merrily can swim from the hole shining with the reflection of the sun at the bottom of the cave and swim out.
It is one of the most visited places in Muğla's Fethiye district. Af Kule Monastery. You will witness magnificent scenery during your monastic journey, which is a historical ruin.
After 3 to 4 kilometers from the Kayaköy mountain road, the Af Kule Monastery will take your tiredness. What the people say and the guides say about the monastery situated against the sea is a bit contradictory. According to him, in this monastery Hz. Jesus has been hiding for years, and according to some, the priests have withdrawn in this monastery and begged for forgiveness. Plenty of oxygen can turn your head a little while you spend time in the Af Kule Monastery and explore the surroundings.